Category Archives: nature

the odds

i plant about 600 seeds each year.  i plant directly in the soil.  some germinate.  some do not.  each year i select about 50 plants for extended review.  the rest get moved and eventually go away.  some spend a season or two by the edges of the garden.  here and there in spots that are much less than the ideal.  still some bloom.  one of those is blooming in the shade next to the compost pile.  it is not really a bad plant.  it just was not selected.  it is part of the hybridizing game.  the last image is standing in front of the compost piles and looking out.  six images…

14-065 12-0622-001 Orange spider x Lullaby Of Birdland

 

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explore

perceive.  experience.  immerse.  walk the garden.  be in nature.  be a part of nature.  do not think you can escape.  do not think you can avoid it.  do not think you cannot harm it.  do not think you cannot alter it.  do not think you can conquer it.  you walk in the garden.  seven images…

Puppet Lady

Chesapeake Crablegs

playing with the rainbow

mother nature prefers to have fun.  with us that is.  look at the first picture and pic a color for the flower.  look at the second picture.  do you see the same color ?  look again at the third picture.  is it the same color you saw in the first picture ?  or did mother nature just have a bit of fun ?  three images…

13-007-004 10-086 Eggplant Ecstacy X Fol De Rol ) x Purple Satellite – Orchid

double or nuthin

bet you cannot guess what this will do.  why not ?  i will take that bet.  this is a cross of a small purple flower richly hued.  and a large pale lavender flower.  and a seedling that is only part of the answer.  to get the whole answer you might as well watch and count the stars.  because that is how many combinations there are in daylily genetics.  first the two parents and then the seedling.  four images…

14-163 Indigo Ignition x Skinwalker

labels

get your facts straight.  get your ducks in a row.  connect the dots.  and watch out for surprises.  the labels say these two are connected.  they should have been in the same row.  that does not mean they bloomed on the same days.  in fact it does not mean they looked like they were in the same row.  some plants grow in one direction some grow in another.  and if the rows are close enough together the obvious can rapidly become less so.  if there is one thing mother nature is not it is OCD.  as in obsessive compulsive disorder.  we will deal with the irony of disorder being part of OCD another night.  so back to the labels.  really  ? ! ? !  this may trigger further experimentation and observation.  and who knows perhaps later celebration.  the possibilities unfold.  two potential siblings.  a couple of links   1 and 2.  and a few images…

 

14-079 12-110 Anna Mel(NR) x Coburg Preview) x (B110-A Tet Skinwalker) x Morticia) x Apatosaurus

self defined

nature unfolds as it will.  it creates its own rules for beauty.  sometimes awkward and unexpected.  it grows forth and defines itself.  three images…

rules

some of you may remember ‘calvin rules’.  which is to say ‘no rules’.  often i think calvin rules were preceded by daylily rules.  which is to say nature rules – like the platypus.  or simply unexpected mostly unnatural combinations.  or just sit back while we explain the exceptions…  three images…